Obama’s Rookie Mistake – August 05, 2008

Posted on August 5, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |


Obama‘s experience has been called into question by those fearing he has too little. After all, he’s only been a U.S. Senator for 1,338 days as of Aug. 4, 2008. He took office January 4, 2005. Of those 1,338 days, he served as a Senator for 568 days and a campaigner for president for 770 days. He kicked off his campaign in Illinois on Feb. 10, 2007 and from there, was off and running.

We all know what a grueling schedule the Democrat candidates had in the battle between Obama and Hillary, with CNN Debates, Town Hall Debates, Democrat Party Debates, state caucuses, primary elections, stump speeches, photo ops, television interviews, and more travel than most people could stand. Obama practically lived on an airplane.

The question arises: How many debates did he attend on the Senate floor during that time? Of those, how much attention did he pay to the debates? Could he stay awake for them? How many votes did he cast in the Senate during that time? Were those votes carefully considered and the facts researched and taken into account? How could he be in two places at once?

The truth is, he couldn’t be in two places at once. He put the people’s business on hold and put his own desire for power and prestige on the front burner. You see, it’s all about him, not the people. He isn’t patient enough to wait until he has some experience under his belt.

I’m guessing Obama had little time for Senate business, much less researching and becoming fully informed on issues up for vote. And don’t forget the traveling and appearances necessary to raise the massive funds he spent to get himself elected. During a time he calls a recession, he sucked up unprecedented amounts of money from the average citizen, who is supposed to be suffering under George Bush’s “regime” (as Democrats put it.) He didn’t really care if they suffered. He wanted what money they did have for his own amibtions.

I see no “change we can believe in” here. I see one more ambitious politician with his hand out making promises he can’t, and in some cases, won’t keep. A U.S. Senator for 568 days is NOT presidential material in today’s complicated and dangerous world. Yes, he was an Illinois State Senator before that. He did not deal with a national economy, national enemies, terrorism, appointing federal or Supreme Court Judges, balancing the national budget, the nation’s oil supply, the United Nations, etc. He was never a state governor and never ran a business. He needs much more experience in national issues. The U.S. Presidency should not be handed to inexperienced candidates for “on-the-job” training. We need the best qualified and most experienced.

One case in point concerns the oil issue.

America is dependent upon foreign oil coming through the Straits of Hormuz. The chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard on Aug. 4th, 2008 threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz for an unlimted period with antiship missiles. Experts say Iran could even use mines. Oil prices would increase during the period of disrupted oil deliveries and uncertainty, again raising the price of gasoline at the pump. This would pose quite a problem for the U.S. We have the ability to overcome Iran’s actions, but it would take time and prices for oil and gas would go up. How long this scenario would last depends on how much effort Iran is able to sustain at blocking the Strait. http://www.nysun.com/foreign/iran-threatens-to-shut-strait-of-hormuz/83142/

The U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve was created as a safety net in times of war or oil embargos against the U.S., interrupting our oil supplies. If the Strait of Hormuz was ever blocked, America would fall back on these reserves, especially if the Strait is blocked for a prolonged period of time.

http://www.eia.doe.gov/cabs/World_Oil_Transit_Chokepoints/Hormuz.html

On the same day that Iran threatened to choke off the oil shipping route, Obama called for the sale of 70 million barrels of oil from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve and replacing it later with less expensive crude which requires more refining than light crude currently in the emergency stockpile. His determination to reduce gasoline prices through any measure other than drilling has blinded him to the real dangers of having our Middle East oil supplies curtailed or delayed and finding our reserves reduced at a time when they are most needed.

http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/08/04/obama-ad-windfall-tax/

This is where Obama’s lack of experience could harm America. McCain has witnessed such things before and knows the importance of producing new oil supplies through drilling and keeping the emergency stockpiles for true emergencies. McCain also has enough experience to hear what’s being said by our enemies and consider their statements when making policy decisions.

This is no time to try out an inexperienced guy and hope he can handle things in our best and safest interest. There’s too much to loose if he makes a mistake.

There is no more time to do nothing.

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